Christmas 2018

The Old Farmhouse Public House

 

Celebrate the start of 2019 at the Trendlewood pub.

  • no entry fee

  • no tickets

  • complimentary buffet

  • happy hour prices 8-10pm

  • open late 

  • old barn side of the pub family friendly with games, crafts and family fun.

Alternatively there are also parties at the Ring O'Bells, Grove Sports & Social Club and the Royal Oak.​

Santa on community tour

Here are the dates and locations of the Christmas float coming to a community near you between 6-8pm most evenings.

Nailsea Lions Club will be accompanying Santa Claus on his tour and collecting monies for lots of local charities.

Children can also pass their Christmas letter (wishlist) to the Lions for consideration. To learn more about the Lions click HERE.

Monday, December 3
Trendlewood Way – The Old Farmhouse end
Tuesday, December 4
Porlock Gardens area
 
Wednesday, December 5
The Elms
 
Thursday, December 6
Eastway and Westway
 
Friday, December 7
Flax Bourton and Long Ashton
Saturday, December 8
10am-4pm outside Tesco Nailsea
Sunday, December 9
10am-4pm outside Tesco Nailsea
Monday, December 10
Engine Lane
 
Tuesday, December 11
Hannah More Road
Wednesday, December 12
Greenfield Crescent
 
Thursday, December 13
The Perrings
 
Friday, December 14
Karen Drive, Backwell
Saturday, December 15
10am-noon Farmers' Market, Nailsea
 
Monday, December 17
Waverley Road and Westfield Road, Backwell
 
Tuesday, December 18
Causeway View
Wednesday, December 19
Tetbury Gardens, Trendlewood
 
Thursday, December 20
Whiteoak Way and Ash Hayes Road
 
Friday, December 21
Vynes Way, off Trendlewood

Christmas at theatre

  • For Bristol Hippodrome click HERE 

  • For Bristol Old Vic click HERE 

  • For Weston Playhouse click HERE 

A bit of Christmas magic with puppets

Music for Miniatures present a fantastic Christmas show at the Tithe Barn, Nailsea.

A performance of The Snowman & 'Twas The Night Before Christmas using live music and puppets which is described as 'the most enchanting thing you'll see this Christmas'.

It is suitable for children aged three plus but all children require a ticket, regardless of age. 

The performance starts at 10.30am and ends at 11.15am on Saturday, December 22.

For tickets £6.50 adults, children £5.50 and babies on laps £3.click HERE.

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FOLLOW LINK: Click on image to learn more about Green Christmas at Noah's Ark near Nailsea

Let's go new year party

There are still a few places left for the Gala New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Masonic Hall Nailsea. 
We will be entertained by a first-class three-piece band playing music to suit everyone’s taste.
You will be greeted with a sparkling reception and seated at beautifully laid tables followed by a first class gourmet buffet.   
Your lucky ticket number will be entered into a free draw to win a bottle of Champagne.  
There will be fun events, spot prizes and more during the evening culminating in a grand finale to welcome in the New Year.
If you would like tickets email Peter Tyler at peter.tyler@live.co.uk or see Eve behind the bar at the Masonic Hall.

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TOURIST CHEER: Bringing a little sunshine for festive shoppers Butterfly Travel, at The Sion, Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, will be serving mulled wine 10am-2pm for its customers on Saturday, December 22

Christmas at Bristol Zoo

Two much loved family films are being screened at Bristol Zoo Gardens to help get everyone in the festive mood.

Each Sunday in December leading up to Christmas both Elf and Disney’s Frozen will be screened at the indoor cinema in the heart of the Zoo.

This intimate auditorium seats around 100 people and is the perfect place to watch a Christmas film while the temperature outside falls.

Frozen tells the story of two estranged sisters who discover the true meaning of magic when they try to save their kingdom from an endless winter.

And Elf, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, is the timeless tale of a boy who is brought up as one of Santa’s elves and then goes to New York in search of his real dad.

Tickets are from £5 and include entry to the zoo from 9am so visitors can explore the grounds, see the amazing animals from gorillas and penguins to red pandas and flamingos before stepping inside the cinema.

Bristol Zoo head of marketing Paul Pritchard said: “We have picked two of the best loved family festive films to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

“There’s something extra special about watching a film and then emerging into the Zoo which will be illuminated with Christmas lights and where there really will be magic in the air.”

Frozen (PG) is being shown at 1pm and Elf (PG) at 3pm on Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

To book tickets click HERE.

All of the proceeds from these screenings will go towards the charitable work by Bristol Zoological Society.

Bristol Zoo’s Christmas grotto opens Saturday to Sunday, December 1-23.

This year it is a magical Narnia-like experience in which children and their parents will step through a wardrobe into a snow covered land where they will find Father Christmas.

For tickets click go to HERE.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

A dog is not just for presents at Christmas...

Aarons Pets, which has three branches in North Somerset, has presents for pooches in stock now.

The Nailsea shop is at 121 Station Road.

Aarons Pets opened its first store in Clevedon in 1993.

It went on to open its second in Nailsea in 2000.

And the third shop opened at Portishead in July 2015.

The shop was named after Aaron the dog belonging to owner Martin Young.

In its stores is a huge range of top brand named products for dogs, cats, small animals, wild and domestic birds, poultry, fish and reptiles.

And they offer a local delivery service.

The pet shop can also offer micro chipping by appointment at in-store or by home visit.

Dogs are welcome to the stores to be fitted with a harness, dog coat, choosing their own toy or just to be made a fuss of and there are dog scales inside the shops.

PHOTOS: Christmas lights glimmers, National Trust volunteers sewing and hand-making Christmas decorations at Tyntesfield. © National Trust/Alana Wright​, National Trust/Owen Roots and National Trust/William Pummell

Tinsel and trimmings at Tyntesfield

The National Trust team at Tyntesfield, near Nailsea, is getting ready for the return of their immersive Victorian Christmas this November.

From Saturday to Wednesday, November 24-January 2, visitors to the Tyntesfield estate will be able to experience the festive life of its Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their estate workers, as they prepare for and enjoy the festive period.

Albinia Rose Gibbs (1876-1941), the eldest of Antony and Janet Gibbs’ three daughters, will be joining the costumed characters in Tyntesfield house this year. A well-travelled young woman, she was known for her sporting prowess, interest in astronomy, and her support of the movement for female access to further education and university. Visitors will be able to speak to her about her interests as she gets ready for her family’s festive celebrations.

National Trust Tyntesfield senior visitor experience officer Malcolm Thorne said: "It’s great to be able to bring Albinia Rose to life this year - she was a fascinating woman, her parents – Antony and Janet – have been a key part of our Christmas celebrations for a few years now so it’ll be nice to bring the family together.’

This year is also the first time that all of the costumes worn at Tyntesfield during the Christmas period have been handmade onsite by a team of National Trust volunteers. The team carefully researched the costumes to ensure they were as authentic as possible - for example the stole worn by the Chaplain is an exact replica of the one worn by the Gibbs family’s chaplain in the Victorian period.

Tyntesfield volunteer costumier Pauline Tillett said: "We’ve built up a store of costumes and materials during the past few years but this is the first time we’ll be completely self-sufficient.

"The team have been working hard since our first sewing session back in the summer and we’re well on track to have everyone dressed by Christmas. It’s a really nice team, and we’ve seen our volunteers’ skills develop over that time."

The costume team aren’t the only team getting crafty this Christmas. All of the decorations on the estate – both inside the house and out in the grounds – have been handmade, either by National Trust volunteers or local expert florist, Sarah Pepper, to traditional Victorian designs.

Meanwhile, a team of staff and volunteers from the estate are busily knitting nativity characters for the festive family spotter trail in the house.

As with last year, the Victorian festivities won’t be limited to the house at Tyntesfield, with outdoor characters and rustic decorations in Home Farm ensuring the whole estate is in the festive spirit.

On select evenings in December, the estate will also be open after hours giving visitors the opportunity to see Tyntesfield in a new light, pick up some presents in the Cow Barn shop, and taste some festive treats in the Cow Barn restaurant.

Tyntesfield is open every day except Christmas Day.

For more details of all the Christmas events and activities at Tyntesfield click HERE.

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An invitation to Christmas lunch

People can end up on their own at Christmas for a variety of reasons - loved ones have sadly passed away or maybe friends and family live too far away to travel.

But at Nailsea there is no need to be lonely at Christmas a community lunch of turkey with all the trimmings (and a vegetarian option) is once again on the menu at the Trinity Centre.

This is the fourth year in succession people have shared this joyous Christmas get-together which is supported by many businesses and charity groups including Tesco Nailsea, S&R Burchills fruit and vegetable shop and Holy Trinity church.

It you would like to attend call Lynda Dicks on 01275 853495 or email lyndadicks123@gmail.com.

Anyone who can help with transport should also contact Lynda and of course while they have the chief cook a few more bottle washers would be very welcome too.  

The article top is from a Christmas past but for Christmas present hurry up and sign up XX 

Tuesday, December 25, 1-4pm at Trinity Centre

Christmas invitation to party at the Grand Pier

Here is an invitation to party on the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.

Partygoers are keen to make the seafront attraction a key part of their own yuletide festivities and for the fourth year running the Pier has seen a growth in business, with many dates already completely sold out.

But don’t worry, there are still places available at several of the special events, although if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on your place, you’d better get cracking!

Three of the four Festive Fever Christmas Party nights have sold out, although there are still some tables available for Friday, December 21.

The beautifully-decorated Tiffany Room is the venue for these popular parties which are perfect for groups of friends, families or seasonal socials with work colleagues.

An hour of unlimited rides is followed by a two-course Christmas carvery, and then the party really gets started, courtesy of the Pier’s resident DJ.

This year’s main Christmas party theme is 'Wonderland.

Three of these nights have already totally sold out, but there are tickets still available for Friday, Decemember 7; Sunday, December 16; and Thursday and Friday, December 20-21.

These parties see the Pier’s Great Hall transformed into a spectacular wonderland, inspired by the much-loved books of Lewis Carroll and the adventures of Alice.

Guests are invited to journey through the magical gates of the Grand Pier and be drawn into the imaginative spectacle of Wonderland and enjoy friendly encounters with some eccentric characters including the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter.

There’s an hour of unlimited rides before a three-course meal, during which diners will be entertained with spectacular aerial and acrobatic performances.

When the food has been eaten, it’s time to dance the night away to the Ultimate Party Band and resident DJ, with a promise that guests will be grinning like Cheshire Cats by the time they go home.

The Casino Noel Parties are back by popular demand – so popular, in fact, that three of the four nights have sold out, although there are still a few tables left for Friday, December 7th.

The Grand Pier’s Regency Suite is the venue for these popular parties, which begin with a walk along the red carpet to a lavish drinks reception, followed by an hour of unlimited rides on the Pier.

Then there is a sumptuous two-course carvery supper before guests get a chance to try their luck at the exclusive in-house fun casino tables, playing Blackjack and Roulette.

The evening ends by dancing the night away in the company of the Pier’s resident DJ.

Grand Pier event manager Hollie Otley said: “We’re thrilled that people have been snapping up tickets to our Christmas celebration events.

“Anyone else who wants to make the Pier a part of their festivities should book as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

“Whichever event you attend, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to ensure you have a fantastic Christmas celebration with us at the Grand Pier, and we can’t wait to get the parties started.”

For further information about the wide range of activities and events at the Grand Pier all year round click HERE.

Going off piste for festive date

An alpine ski chalet is to return this Christmas at the south west’s leading four-star hotel.

Back by popular demand, party goers will now have the chance to be transported to a magical winter wonderland at Cadbury House in Congresbury, where the venue’s impressive Garden Room will be turned into a stunning ski chalet complete with alpine scents, twinkling lights and cosy rugs.

The Après-ski themed space will host festive parties and private events from Friday to Saturday, November 23-January 5, for guests tol enjoy the rustic fun of a four-course sharing menu.

On nights where there is a festive disco in the venue’s Great Room, ski chalet guests can then join the fun and party until the early

Marco Pierre White and Garden Room restaurant manager Krisztian Komar said: “The ski chalet turned out to be a hugely popular choice last year so its back again for 2018.

 “It’s just offering something different and new and provides groups of friends, colleagues, families and couples the chance to enjoy a Christmas night out in different surroundings.

"Last year pretty much everyone got into the spirit and came in dressed in their finest festive jumpers and I’m sure it’ll be the same again this year.

“The mulled wine, cider and seasonal cocktails will be flowing and we’re hoping guests enjoy going off-piste from the usual Christmas meal they’ve experienced before.”

 Following a glass of mulled wine on arrival, guests will then tuck into the sharing platter starters which includes Continental meats, smoked fish, new potato salad, cornichons breads and Crudités, oatmeal breads, mini cheese fondue.

The main course choices vary from meatballs with Provençale sauce to roasted seasoned succulent chicken with creamed potatoes and a warm roasted winter vegetables, mixed herbs and poached eggs and balsamic. The sharing board of desserts spiced apple and sultana strudels, homemade custard and tart aux myrtilles.

Krisztian added: “We’ve worked really hard on getting the ambience of the ski chalet right and although guests will be overlooking a vista of rolling North Somerset hills they will truly feel like they are nestled in the mountains of France, Italy or Switzerland!”

 The ski chalet experience costs £35 per person, Sunday to Thursday and £39 on Friday and Saturday.

New Year’s Eve is £59 per person.

Christmas at Cadbury House

Organisers in charge of their office Christmas party should head to the south west’s leading four-star hotel where a series of all-inclusive packages have been put in place to help make the yuletide celebrations completely stress free.

Often viewed as a bit of a poisoned chalice, sorting out the annual work Christmas knees up can for some become a bit of a chore, with colleagues bombarding the organiser with countless queries and requests in the run up to the big night out.

But the idea of providing the all-inclusive deal means everyone knows where they stand, what’s on the menu and what drinks are available.

Those wanting to impress their peers and bosses are now being steered to DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury where they will be able to get everything arranged with a short visit, simple call or email to get everything sorted.

Venue sales manager Claire Jones said: “It might seem a little odd to be thinking about Christmas while we’re in the middle of one of the warmest summers on record but getting sorted now means one less thing to worry about once the schools go back and we hit the autumn.

“I’ve arranged many Christmas office parties so know what it’s like.

"Having to arrange with all members of staff what they want to eat and drink can be a little bit laborious.

“Offering an all-inclusive package therefore means anyone in charge of making the arrangements can do so easily.

"All they have to do is give us the number of people and we’ll do the rest.

“It also does away with having to check the bill at the end of the night and cross reference who had what, which for even the best organiser, can prove a little tricky.”

Off piste for Christmas

Those looking to make their office Christmas party a little different can also go off piste where the venue’s stunning Garden Room conservatory will be transformed into a winter wonderland ski lodge.

It means revellers don’t need to go to the slopes for a bit of Après Ski and can enjoy a load of rustic Alpine fun in the heart of North Somerset.

Claire added: “We launched the ski lodge last year and it was really, really popular so we’ve brought it back again for 2018.

"With lots of rugs and cosy nooks and crannies the ambience of the ski chalet was just right and although guests will be overlooking a vista of rolling North Somerset hills they will truly feel like they are nestled in the mountains of France or Switzerland!

“We positively encourage woolly Christmas jumpers in the ski lodge and last year everyone came in their finest festive attire and I imagine it’ll be the same again this year.

“On nights where there is a festive disco taking place in the venue’s Great Room, ski chalet guests can join the fun and party until the early hours.”

The all-inclusive party nights cost £49 per person and are subject to availability.

For further information on all other Christmas packages call 01934 834343, email christmas@cadburyhouse.com or visit https://www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk/christmas-2018.

Get your skates at Weston

Icescape is coming back to Weston-super-Mare.

And doors open to skates at The Tropicana from Friday to Sunday, October 19-January 6.

The iconic Tropicana’s outdoor arena on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare will be transformed once again into a spectacular winter wonderland, where friends and families will be able to skate on the UK’s largest covered winter ice rink, enjoy some delicious festive food and drinks, visit Santa’s Grotto and much more.

Icescape director Mark Smith said: “We are very pleased to be coming back to Weston-super-Mare for another year.

"Last winter was a great success and we are looking forward to putting on another excellent event for the people of Weston and the south west to enjoy.”

Skaters can take to the ice – rain or shine – with the clear canopy above the ice which will be decorated with glowing festive lights.

After their 45-minute skating session, visitors can relax in The Lodge.

The covered seating area provides the perfect setting for a well-deserved drink or some tasty food and has great views of the ice rink.

No festive day out would be complete without Santa. Santa’s Grotto is an enchanting experience where children can meet Santa and his elves. Also, Pippen the Penguin will be back to see all his old pals and meet some new friends.

North Somerset Council executive member for leisure and tourism Felicity Baker said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back Icescape to the Tropicana.

​"Last year more than 120,000 visitors flocked through the doors, travelling from all over the south west.

“I’m happy to announce the council has secured a five-year contract with the organisers, meaning Weston will be the festive ice-skating capital of the region for years to come.”

Millennium Square

winter wonderland

A winter playground is coming to Millennium Square in Bristol as its real-ice ice rink and winter fair open on Saturday, November 17.

The opening launch include free outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman, West End magic with the Bristol Show Choir and circus skills workshops and entertainment supplied by the students of Circomedia. 

To mark the launch of the ice rink and winter fair, all tickets purchased online are just £5 for all 45mins skate sessions that day, and up until Friday, November 23.

From 1pm on Saturday 17, Circomedia will be on hand to provide dazzling walkabout entertainment, with stilt-walkers, jugglers, and immersive characters amongst the stalls and old-fashioned rides. 

You’ll be able to try your hand at juggling, plate spinning, and even tightrope walking in the circus skills area run by local education providers Circomedia. 

At 3pm, the Bristol Show Choir take to the stage and will be singing songs from smash hit West End and Broadway shows, as well as lesser known off-Broadway gems and some Christmas classics, all in acapella. 

At 4pm there will be a free outdoor screening of hit musical film The Greatest Showman - the worldwide musical sensation that tells the story of the birth of show business!

And at 8pm, join the party at Aprés Bar Bristol as their house DJ Dorney spins the decks with a range of house, techno and disco tunes.

The real-ice rink will be open up until Sunday, January 6; sessions will be open to the public, schools groups, home educator groups and evening 'Disco Boots’ and special ‘Little Boots’ under 8s sessions.

The ice rink will again be joined by fairground activities as part of Millennium Square Winter Fair, including a helter-skelter, as well as the return of the Skyview a 35m observation wheel, Après-ski container bar, chalet stalls with a selection of delicious hot food and drinks, and fabulous Christmas tree.

There will also be special At The Movies free film screenings on Big Screen Bristol throughout the season including Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone, Polar Express and Gremlins.

Tickets for the ice rink are £9.95 adults, £8.95 concessions and £7.95 children for a 45-minute skate session, with reduced entry rates for group bookings and a discount for booking in advance online.

Skate aids (penguins and bananas!) are also available to hire.

Between Saturday and Friday, November 17-23 November all online tickets are £5!
Opening times vary, so please visit www.wethecurious.org or call the bookings team on 0117 915 1000 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) for more information.

The ice rink will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Puxton Park Christmas season starts on Saturday, December 1, with the opening of its Winter Wonderland and Festival of Trees raising money for CHSW. The grand Christmas lights switch-on is at 3pm.

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